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Advancement Manager

at Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Posted: 2/4/2020
Job Reference #: 1121

Job Description

Job Description: 


We are entering into an exciting time here at the Museum – The largest mammal fossil discovery in world history happened right here in our back yard! Our Museum’s most significant discovery is an extraordinary treasure trove of fossils that brings into focus how mammals evolved and came to thrive after the asteroid impact and extinction of the dinosaurs. This is the earth’s comeback story, and the story of the birth of the modern world. 

This and other exciting projects tell a story to our donors of an engaged, exciting, ever evolving museum that is always stretching to meet the needs of the community. These stories give us powerful and impactful relationships with our donors and everyone on the development team is committed to working towards a common goal – raising funds to help us deliver quality experiences for our guests.

This position is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that initiate, develop, and maintain long-term donor relationships that lead to the fulfillment of the Museum’s budgeted annual and future fundraising goals.  The assigned portfolio of donors and prospects is actively maintained to this end and emphasizes giving of $5,000-$50,000.


Essential duties: 


  • Manages a museum portfolio of 75-100 donors, including giving club members, prospects, and other donors.
  • Builds donor relationships through personal visits, calls, events, community involvement and written communications.
  • Meets and exceeds metrics of face-to-face contacts (200), number of actions that deepen relationship and contributes to team fundraising goals.
  • Maintains database integrity in the Museum’s database (Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge) through timely, accurate and comprehensive recording of actions taken with prospects under management.
  • Develops fundraising messages; writes annual proposals and reports to donors. These written efforts will support managed prospects and may also be repurposed by other members of the team.
  • Works closely with Advancement team in executing donor strategies, including administering a variety of available stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with donors.


Minimum qualifications/Requirements: 


  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent work experience required.
  • 3 years’ in a fundraising capacity or equivalent work experience required.
  • 2 years’ experience successful cultivation and securing of major gifts required.
  • Local travel required (up to 40%), occasional national travel required.
  • Evening and weekend work will be required.
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required.


Ideal candidate will have


  • Strong interpersonal skills – to interact successfully with employees and donors
  • Good judgement, discretion & confidentiality
  • Self-awareness and high emotional intelligence
  • Superior adaptability and flexibility
  • Organized & time management skills
  • Works well with others; team environment
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as take initiative independently.


Perks and Benefits of working at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance benefits

  • Paid vacation and sick time

  • Free DMNS Family Plus membership plus free admission to all Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) across the country

  • Free access to Museum exhibits, IMAX, and Gates Planetarium

  • Free local admission to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, The Denver Botanic Gardens, and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

  • Free RTD ECO pass

  • Alternative transportation (ECOmmute) rewards program

  • On-site activities (run club, yoga, Spanish language)

  • American Alliance of Museums Membership (AAM)

  • Click here to see our Benefits page!


Core values:


  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.


Application Instructions:


Please submit your cover letter and resume by Monday, February 24, 2020.   Resumes will not be accepted after this time.


Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website


Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.


The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.


Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!